The Forbury

The Forbury

*****

The reception of this Berkshire boutique hotel is a swirl of pinks, reds, burnt orange and silver, creating a slick European-style ambience. The Forbury's commissioned contemporary art on the walls and one of the world’s biggest chandeliers add up to a stylish stay with a decadent, playful air.

Highlights:

  • Eye-catching decor by Nicolas Hollingshead

  • Private cinema with reel-to-reel screenings

  • Award-winning restaurant

Smith extra

Late check-out (12 noon; usually £30). GoldSmiths get afternoon tea on arrival, including scones with Forbury preserve and clotted cream, and cakes

In the know

Also need to know:

No pets, but guide dogs are welcome. There are 16 serviced apartments available for short lets.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

Right, let’s get all the gags out of the way first shall we? Because, believe me, Mrs Smith cracked every one humanly possible on the way to our weekend lovenest in Reading. Yes, Reading. The place where they sent Oscar Wilde to punish him. Part of the soulless Berkshire commuter belt off the busy M4 corridor. The town whose motto could be ‘At least it’s not Slough’. I heard all of this, and more, on our drive from London (‘Look, darling, it’s only an hour door to door!’), my partner’s face clearly registering her dismay at being whisked away under the auspices of a sexy, fun weekend in a new

Accommodation details

Address:

26 The Forbury, Reading, Berkshire RG1 3EJ, United Kingdom
Reading
United Kingdom

Location:

0.2 mi / 0.4 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Valet parking
  • Concierge desk
  • Internet services
  • Room service
  • Lounges/bars
  • On-Site parking
  • Onsite laundry
  • Restaurant

Dining information

Restaurant:

Cerise serves up moreish Mediterranean cuisine, with dishes such as salmon with peas and saffron sauce and wild mushroom and butternut squash risotto.

Top table:

The Secret Garden, weather permitting.

Last orders:

Lunch, 3pm; dinner, 10pm, except for Fridays and Saturdays, when last orders are 10.30pm.

Room service:

24 hours.

Hotel bar:

Cerise has a long pewter bar where you can sample fine wines, malt whiskies, cognacs and cocktails – try a chilli and cucumber martini or the signature Forbury: a blend of amaretto, apricot brandy, apple juice and lemon.

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